As part of its Literature to Life series, New York City’s American Place Theater is nationally touring its production of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Harriet Ann Jacobs. Like the book, the play is a narrative based on real events in the mid-1800s. The one-woman stage adaptation, featuring Cherita Armstrong as Jacobs, sheds light on the harsh realities of slavery and the treatment of black women and children at the time. The story ends with Jacobs sharing her experience hiding in a crawlspace in her grandmother's attic for seven years. Pre- and post-performance discussions will explore the book’s major themes.
— Clarke Humphrey